Sunday, May 30, 2010

22 Prime at Discovery Suites presents Tomahawk Chop

22 Prime, Discovery Suites Ortigas' award-winning steakhouse, launched its Australian Tomahawk Chop & "Verse 1" Specialty Menu last May 27, 2010.

Tomahawk Chop at 22 Prime, Discovery Suites Ortigas
Tomahawk Chop at 22 Prime, Discovery Suites OrtigasI was among those who witnessed how Chef David Pardo de Ayala transformed these huge, thick, and raw 1 kg 6-Star Tenderplus Australian beef into the most delectable steak dish ever. Its massive size actually reminded me of a caveman's club.

Chef David Pardo de Ayala, Discovery Hotels Corporate ChefThe affable Chef David (pronounced with a short "a") gamely answered our questions and posed for photos. He stressed the importance of making sure that the meat is at room temperature before cooking it. "Nothing will ruin a steak more than taking it directly from the chiller to the grill," Chef David explains.

Napkin at 22 Prime, Discovery Suites OrtigasI couldn't help but take a photo of this cute napkin set on the tabletop right in front of me. My companions and I chatted a bit and nibbled on a variety of breadsticks and dips as we waited for Chef David's scrumptious steak.

Tomahawk Chop sharing portion with Caesar Salad and Steamed Vegetables at 22 Prime, Discovery Suites OrtigasWe sere soon served individual portions of the Tomahawk Chop accompanied by a bowl of Caesar Salad "22 Prime" and grilled baby vegetables. Our steaks were already sliced for us, so all we had to do was dig in. :D

Sliced Tomahawk Steak at 22 Prime, Discovery Suites OrtigasThe meat was very juicy, tender, and flavorful -- grilled to just the right doneness. It was drizzled with a red wine sauce and peppercorns. The thin layer of fat on the sides served to heighten the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of each slice. The naturally sweet grilled baby vegetables complemented the steak perfectly. We each had a glass of Verse 1 Cabernet Sauvignon to go with our steak too. :D

From June 1-15, 2010, 22 Prime will offer its Australian Tomahawk Chop & "Verse 1" Specialty Menu for P4,800. This includes a 1kg 6-Star Tenderplus Australian Beef Rib Eye served to share with a Casserole of Baby Vegetables, a bowl of Caesar Salad "22 Prime", and a bottle of Verse 1 Cabernet Sauvignon. This special menu can be shared by about 4 hungry people, but portioning is really up to the guest's discretion.

22 Prime
22/F Discovery Suites
#25 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Krispy Kreme Week #2 Contest Winner!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who joined the second week of the Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Photo Contest. After counting all the unique votes per entry, I'd like to present week 2's winner who garnered 46 unique votes...

Krispy Kreme Week #2 Contest Winner
Entry #1 Aimee Aquino

Congratulations Aimee, you've won a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to share with your little girl! I will email you the prize claim details within the day.

I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone who joined Krispy Kreme's Mother's Day Photo Contest! Till next promo... :D

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Legend of India Makati Review

A group of food bloggers (myself included) were invited to dine at Legend of India in Makati City last May 25, 2010. I was quite excited because Indian food isn't something that I have on a regular basis.

Pani Puri at Legend of IndiaWe started off our sumptuous meal with an Indian appetizer called Pani Puri (P130, pictured above). Pani Puri are small flaky buns served with mint water. We were told that the way to eat it would be to submerge the whole piece in the sauce bowl. You would then end up with a bun filled with sauce. Then you put it all in your mouth. What a taste sensation! The moment you chew on the crisp outer shell a rush of slightly spicy and minty sauce flows through your mouth. Each bun was also filled with what seemed like diced potatoes and corn kernels. Delicious!

Chicken Kathi Roll at Legend of IndiaWe also had the Chicken Kathi Roll (P280, pictured above). It was comprised of two whole rolls of roti filled with chicken pieces sauteed with onions and Indian spices. The rolls are cut into 6 serving portions. Pretty good, albeit I was more impressed with the Pani Puri.

Amritsar Fish at Legend of IndiaNext up was Amritsar Fish (P420, pictured above). Boneless chunks of grilled fish marinated in Indian spices. Very tender and tasty, I recommend that you squeeze the lemon wedges all over the fish. :)

Sweet Lassi at Legend of IndiaBefore I go on with the food, I have to point out that my drink deserves a special spot here. I had the Sweet Lassi (P110, pictured above). The owner, Rakesh Alwani, actually recommended the Mango Lassi but I told him I want to try the original unflavored lassi. Lassi is a traditional Indian yogurt drink. Rakesh said that the Sweet Lassi was just that -- sweetened. I loved it. You can taste the pure and tart yogurt goodness with every sip. This is hands down one of the best beverages I've ever had the pleasure of drinking in my life!

Kadai Paneer at Legend of IndiaAnother hit with my dining companions and I was the Kadai Paneer (P120, pictured above). It's a vegetarian dish -- cottage cheese cooked in traditional kadai masala paste.

Garlic Naan at Legend of IndiaWe were served Plain Naan, Garlic Naan (P120, pictured above), and Pudina Naan. I liked the Garlic Naan best, it went very well with the Kadai Paneer.

Vegetable Biryani at Legend of IndiaVegetable Biryani (P350, pictured above) is a flavorful Basmati rice dish cooked with lots of vegetables and Indian spices.

Masala Papad at Legend of IndiaSurprisingly we were served another appetizer towards the end of our meal -- Masala Papad (P60, pictured above). This is because this dish is usually served during or after meals. A Papadum (a thin Indian crispy flatbread) is topped with diced onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, and chili powder. It's quite spicy but nice to nibble on. :)

Kulfi at Legend of IndiaFor dessert, we were each given a serving of Kulfi (P120, pictured above). It's a frozen dessert similar to ice cream, the difference being it takes a longer time to melt because it has the thick consistency of yema (a Filipino confection made of milk and egg yolks). The Kulfi was topped with some strawberry syrup and minced pistachio nuts. I felt it was a fitting end to all the savory dishes we had that night.

Legend of India has a casual vibe. The dining area is brightly lit and cheerful. LCD TVs are attached to the walls showing Bollywood music videos. The parking space out front can accommodate about 4-5 cars. They can deliver within certain areas in Makati for a minimum order of P500.

Legend of India
114B Jupiter St.,
Bel-Air II, Makati City

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Electrolux Trivia Day!

I know that one of the "in" things these days is Quiz Night held at certain bars here in the metro. Now it's no big secret that I don't frequent bars nor do I go anywhere near places or events where smoking and drinking prevail. Anyhow, quiz nights usually happen once a week amidst food and drinks. Guests are divided into teams and they compete in a trivia game and win prizes. When I was invited to Electrolux Philippines' Trivia Day, I jumped at the chance.

Bloggers at the Electrolux Trivia DayThe Electrolux Trivia Day was held last May 25, 2010 at 121 along Pasong Tamo Extension. Trivia Day is the wholesome daytime version of quiz night. It's also Electrolux Philippines' creative way of launching their small appliances. I teamed up with four other bloggers and we named our group...

Electroblogs Team...Electroblogs! I swear, if there was a best group name award, we would've snagged it.

Since Electrolux hails from Sweden, we were asked trivia questions pertaining to Sweden, Scandinavia, and Europe in general for the first round. Then we moved on to weirder questions like "According to tradition, what do you put in a crib to keep disease away?". For the last round questions about Electrolux products were thrown at us.

The top three groups according to scores were awarded with Electrolux vacuum cleaners, rice cookers, and irons. The Electrolux Trivia Day was Electrolux's creative way of launching their small appliances.

Electrolux Z4009 75 Tornado vacuum cleanerToo bad our team didn't place in the top three. We were practically drooling over the Electrolux Z4009 75 Tornado vacuum cleaner (pictured above) that each member of the top team got.

Why? Well...
  • It's bagless.
  • It has a washable HEPA filter.
  • It utilizes Cyclonic Action which prevents dust from clogging the filter.
  • It comes with a floor nozzle, a crevice nozzle, and an upholstery nozzle for versatility.
I'd love to have one of these in the house!

It was a fun afternoon even if we didn't get to take home a prize. The company and conversations were the best. :D

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cafe Ysabel San Juan Review

I had lunch at Cafe Ysabel twice last week -- May 19, 2010 and May 21, 2010 respectively. I was just so surprised that dining there 2x in a span of 3 days could yield experiences that are worlds apart.

My first lunch was disappointing. I ordered what the waiter recommended, which were The Chef's Onion Soup and Norwegian Salmon Steak. Both dishes were salty, and they weren't cheap. The soup cost almost P200, while the salmon cost almost P500. To top it off, we were seated near the entrance which was the designated smoking area. It would've been okay except that the students from Chef Gene Gonzales' Center for Asian Culinary Studies occupied the big table next to us (there were about 6-7 of them) and started smoking heavily and talking in very loud voices. It was very distracting and towards the latter part of our meal, I was already having a hard time hearing out my lunch companions. They were getting louder and louder, laughing, joking, and talking. Needless to say it was conduct that was unbefitting of a fine dining restaurant like Cafe Ysabel. I understand that these students are paying 6-digit tuition fees and the waiters may not have the authority to control them, I just wish they would learn to respect the paying customers of the establishment.

Anyways, I was slated to have lunch at Cafe Ysabel again two days after that for a family affair. I wasn't excited because I was expecting salty food and boisterous students again. My cousin took care of the lunch arrangements, and as soon as we got there we were ushered inside a big room with several tables. This area was apparently more private, more importantly it was non-smoking. Our set meal was pre-ordered and the dishes that comprised it are NOT part of the regular menu. The food was sooo good, it was such a far departure from my ala carte lunch just a couple of days before.

Cafe Ysabel San JuanFor starters, we had the Mixed Green Salad with Smoked Chicken in Honey Mustard Dressing (pictured above). It was divine. It's the type of appetizer that makes you excited about what they'll lay out in front of you next. The zesty dressing complemented the mixed greens and lean chicken slices perfectly.

Cafe Ysabel San JuanNext up was soup -- Lobster Bisque with Quenelles (pictured above). It was hearty, creamy, and served hot. A quenelle is creamed fish, chicken, or meat, that is sometimes coated with breadcrumbs. It is similar to the oriental dumpling. My soup contained about 2-3 quenelles.

Cafe Ysabel San JuanWe had two choices for the main course. I opted for the Grilled Salmon with Hazelnut Creme Sauce (pictured above). It was incredible. The salmon was tender and the sauce was mindblowingly good. Light yet creamy in consistency, you can actually smell and taste the hazelnuts with every mouthful. It's also served with a bit of farfalle and steamed fresh vegetables.

Cafe Ysabel San JuanMy hubby took the second option, which was Grilled Hanger Steak with Wild Mushroom Creme (pictured above). It was nothing exciting since it came off like just your usual steak with mushroom gravy. Hubby also commented that it was kind of tough.

Cafe Ysabel San JuanFor dessert, we all had Creme Brulee. It was lovely. It had just the right level of sweet creaminess topped with a very thin layer of crisp caramelized sugar. It went perfectly with the cup of brewed coffee which came at the end of our meal.

As for the ambiance, let's just say we were able to enjoy a nice, leisurely lunch inside the inner area of the restaurant. The moment I stepped out and made my way to the exit however, I noticed the very same table from two days ago being occupied by a group of boisterous students again. I guess it's the norm for them. At least now I know where to place myself if I want to dine in peace.

Oh and I had the chance to talk to a former student from Chef Gene Gonzales' culinary school. I related my experiences last week. She told me that dishes from the ala carte menu are usually prepared by students while special order fare are prepared by chefs. Perhaps that would explain the big difference in taste during those two meals. Now I'm not saying that culinary students can't cook, on the contrary I've had some of the best meals at Enderun's Restaurant 101 and AICA's degustation prepared entirely by students.

Cafe Ysabel
455 P. Guevarra Street,
San Juan City, Metro Manila
726-9326 / 725-5089

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gadgets galore at Electroworld!

My hubby and I have been buying appliances at Abenson for as long as I can remember -- that's approximately around a decade now since we got married in December 1999. Every time we'd need anything from an electric fan to an air conditioner, we'd automatically troop to Abenson.

Electroworld at Park SquareIt came as a total surprise when I found out that Abenson owns Electroworld. I was invited to an intimate blogger gathering at Abenson Park Square last May 20, 2010. We got acquainted with the latest gadgets from Sony, Dell, HP, Toshiba, and Olympus among many others.

Toshiba touch screen laptop
Toshiba showcased its first ever touch screen laptop. I'm not a big fan of touch screen computers since I hate getting fingerprints all over the screen. :p

Dell Alienware Phantom M11xDell showed us its snazzy Alienware gaming laptop. Up there is the Alienware Phantom M11x. It's the size of a typical netbook with its 11.6" display, but the specs are really something else. Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU7300 (1.3GHz; 800MHz), 4GB RAM, 500GB HD... it's even equipped with an Nvidia GeForceGT 335M. I'm impressed. It's pretty pricey at P77,999 though.

HP TouchSmart300 PCHP demonstrated the HP Touchsmart300 PC. It looks like an LCD TV, but it's actually a big touch screen computer. It comes with a wireless keyboard that's not pictured here. It's actually quite fun to use. You can even watch cable TV and play video games with it.

Sony BloggieSony let us play around with the Bloggie, a handy dandy recording tool with a revolutionary 360° video feature. It has a built-in USB connector so you can upload photos and videos that you capture instantly. No more wires! :D

Olympus Digital CameraMeanwhile, Olympus unveiled its digital cameras' unique photo editing capabilities. Having an Olympus digicam is like having Adobe Photoshop at your fingertips. You can create all sorts of art effects without having to connect to a computer.

For the latest gadgets and great deals, log on to and find an Electroworld outlet near you. :D

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Krispy Kreme contest entries for May 24-28, 2010!

Update: Due to popular demand, I will extend voting till 12nn today May 29, 2010. I will announce the winner in the same afternoon. Good luck everyone! :D

Today I'd like to present the second batch of entries for Krispy Kreme's Mother's Day Contest.

Mango Kreme Cake by Krispy KremeUpdate: There are now 7 entries! Do vote for your favorite by posting a comment... :D

Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Contest Entries#1 Aimee Aquino-Diego - "These photos were taken last summer, which was my baby's first summer ever! It was a magical moment for me because this fishing dock was the same place where her Dad used to play when he was a kid. The few moments we spent just listening to the waves and watching the fishermen as they go about their day's work, was such a simple but special moment spent between me and my baby girl."

#2 Marian Valero - "This photo was taken when I went home to Cebu for a vacation and got to spend time with my mom. It was magical because I was able to do the usual things that my mom and I love to do -- mall hopping!"

#3 Beatrice Lapa - "My mom knows that she can be very conservative and uptight, but we haven't seen each other in a long time. So when we finally got the chance to meet up at my cousin's wedding, I dragged her to the Photo Booth. She obviously loosened up here and we had lots of fun!"

Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Contest Entry#4 Marissa Morota - "This picture was taken at Punta Fuego, Batangas last May 2009. It was magical because it was our first time to have a summer outing at a luxury place where my daughter felt like a princess."

#5 Maria Bolalin - "We had our bonding moments last March in HongKong Disneyland. It was so magical for me because this place is so wonderful. It's where magical characters in my favorite stories become a reality -- and the best of all, I'm with my mom with that day."

Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Contest Entry#6 Ferlie Jao - "Bath time is magical for me and my baby because it tightens our bonding as mother and daughter."

Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Contest Entry#7 Jantrina Pangilinan - "That's me and my mom last Christmas. Everything has been a magical moment since the day I was born! She's my mom, my ate, my barkada and my coolest best friend and I love her."

Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Contest Entry#8 Joyce Sagun - "My Mom is amazing! She has been battling for breast cancer for months now, but she is always here when I need her. She is such a strong and caring woman full of advice. I am who I am because of my mom. The picture was taken on her last day of treatment for radiation therapy."

Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Contest Entry#9 Marresmia Tabaniag - "I consider this as one of my memorable moments to my first born baby Joy-Joy. Nanay (with a sweet voice) is what she calls me. It always puts a smile on her face whenever we bond."

Do invite your family members and friends to comment on your photos, as the photo with the most number of comments will win! In the meantime, it's not yet too late to send in those magical moments with mom. Check the complete contest mechanics HERE.

Each comment will count as a vote, but I will count only one vote per entry per unique IP address to prevent spamming. One computer = one vote. So say you are a voter, you can vote for multiple entries at a rate of once per entry.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Baang Coffee in Tomas Morato

When hubby first got a wifi-enabled laptop back in the mid-2000s, Baang Coffee in Tomas Morato was his favorite hangout. At the time, broadband access at home wasn't so common and this place was among the first to offer free wi-fi. Since DSL is more or less a staple in most homes nowadays, it's been a while since we last set foot in Baang Coffee. We decided to have a quick lunch there one hot Saturday noon.

Inside Baang Coffee in Tomas MoratoThe place looked exactly the same as it did a few years back. It's literally much cooler to stay on the first floor because the air-conditioning isn't so great at the second floor.

Longganisa with Garlic Rice at Baang CoffeeBoth my hubby and I decided to go for their all-day breakfast meals. He opted for Longganisa with Garlic Rice (P165, pictured above). Two big sausages, two sunny side up eggs, and a bigger than average cup of garlic rice made up his order.

Baang Beef Tapa with Garlic Rice at Baang CoffeeMeanwhile, I ordered the good old Baang Tapa (P165, pictured above), one of their bestsellers from way back. The beef strips are lean and tasty, just the way I like it. :D

Of course, no visit is complete without drinks! Hubby had his favorite Green Tea Freeze (P115 - P140 depending on the size). It was actually good. It's not overly sweet unlike those I've tried in other caf├ęs. I decided to try their Milk Tea (P105 for the smallest size, pictured above right). It tasted like an aromatic herbal tea but with ice and milk. I found the combination weird, I much prefer oriental style milk teas like those you can get at Serenitea or Quickly.

For about P300 per person, you can grab a complete meal and a cold blended drink from Baang Coffee. They also have cakes and pastries in case you want something sweet to go with some of their hot brews. They still have free wi-fi access too. :D

Baang Coffee
Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Sct. Fernandez St.
Quezon City, Metro Manila

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Renting out real estate via

One of the things that comprise my daily grind is helping out at my father-in-law's real estate business. I'm pretty much in charge of finding tenants for various properties via the internet, and I can say that I've been quite successful at it.

Online classified ads are essential for spreading the word, whether it's a condominium, commercial space, dorm, or apartment for rent.

Free classified ads on AyosDito.phOne of the services I use to promote properties for rent is (that's a screenshot of my ad up there). It's free, easy, and effective. All you have to do to post an ad is to fill up an online form and submit the information. You can even include up to three photos of whatever it is you're advertising. Ad approval takes a few hours and you will receive an email receipt once it's up and running on the site. Items are categorized by location to make it easier for the buyer and the seller to coordinate. There's also a Contact Advertiser function wherein potential customers can email you without you having to make your email address public.

Aside from finding tenants for real estate, you can also buy and sell everything from cars, electronics, office equipment, and personal items at Since it's a free service, there's really everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Krispy Kreme Week #1 Contest Winner!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who joined the first week of the Krispy Kreme Mother's Day Photo Contest. After counting all the unique votes per entry, I'd like to present week 1's winner who garnered 78 unique votes...

Krispy Kreme Winner Week#1
Entry #6 Llora Kay Mariano!

Congratulations Llora, you've won a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to share with your mom! I will email you the prize claim details within the day.

To all those who did not win this week, you can join again for week #2 by submitting a different photo. Please check the complete mechanics HERE.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Sony 3-Day Big Sale!

If you're a Sony fanatic like I am, this is your chance to grab the gadget you've always dreamed of!

Sony 3-Day Big Sale!This May 28-30, 2010 Sony will be having a 3-Day BIG Sale at the MegaTent Events Place along Meralco Avenue. Aside from the marked down prices, there'll be 0% interest 12 month installment deals, special promo bundles, additional cash discounts, and free accessories.

Included in the sale are:
  • Sony Bravia LCD TVs and Bravia theater systems
  • Sony Walkman music players
  • Sony Vaio laptop computers
  • Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras
  • Sony Handycam camcorders
Awww... no deals on the just launched Sony Playstation 3 and Playstation Portables yet, but hey, if you've been eyeing any of the above Sony products this is the time to make that dream a reality! Personally I'd like to pay a visit just to see if I can get a good deal on a Sony Vaio since my HP Mini 311 might conk out at any time.

The best part is, anything and everything you buy during this sale will be fully covered by a one-year warranty from Sony Philippines!

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Eastwood 3D Digital Cinema opens!

Eastwood Digital 3D Cinema formally launched last May 19, 2010. Its debut screening featured the movie Shrek Forever After.

Shrek Forever After at Eastwood 3D CinemaEastwood Digital 3D Cinema is located at Eastwood Mall's Cinema 6. It can accommodate 215 people, and tickets cost P350 each inclusive of a tumbler of popcorn and drink.

Eastwood Digital 3D CinemaThe folks over at Eastwood City were kind enough to invite my two children and I to the launch. According to Wilson Tieng, President of Solar Entertainment Corporation, we'd get to watch Shrek Forever and After ahead of everyone else since the worldwide opening day is set to May 21, 2010.

It was a pretty strict affair, we were all required to deposit our cellphones and any other devices which could record or capture anything inside the theater... thus I was unable to take photos inside. Anyhow, if you've watched movies at the Eastwood Mall, that is still pretty much how the theater looks like. They just started using the Christie Solaria CP2230 Digital Cinema Projector for brighter, clearer, and more vibrant film screenings -- especially when the movie is in 3D like Shrek Ever After is. I liked the sturdy and comfortable-fitting 3D glasses we got to use.

Meet and Greet Shrek at Eastwood 3D Digital CinemaAmidst the light afternoon snacks and drinks, Shrek himself made an appearance to meet and greet all the guests. Unfortunately, my kids didn't want their photos taken with him. My son is camera shy while my daughter is scared of mascots.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mega Magazine issue closure -- my final piece...

Today is May 19, 2010. A little more than a week has passed since the Mega Magazine May 2010 issue launch.

Mega Magazine May 2010 issue with Sarah Geronimo
Those who have been reading this blog know exactly what transpired that day. To make a long story short, I was invited to the event but was terribly disappointed by the less-than-friendly (to put it mildly) reception I received.

I posted about it as soon as I got home. I knew Google would pick it up within hours. What I didn't know was that it would get reposted, re-tweeted, and shared over and over again. It became viral, getting a life of its own that went far beyond my blog and its readership. It gave birth to a host of other issues and intrigues. It became the talk of bloggers, PR people, advertisers, and companies alike.

Some thought I did the wrong thing by posting about my experience, saying I should have settled the matter privately. Some thought I did what I was supposed to do. Let's just say that when I published that post, I was prepared to stand by it to the very end.

Mega Magazine got in touch with me shortly after the event and its aftermath. We agreed to meet over lunch to talk about things. That meeting took place at 12nn today. I promised everyone I would air their side of the story, and here are a few points:
  • Most of Events 100's (Mega's events department) staff are new, having been on the job for only two weeks. The girl assigned to the reception area was supposed to be on sick leave that day.

  • They admitted that blogging and digital media are things that the company is only starting to explore, and so not everyone within the organization are familiar with it.

  • The event coincided with their busiest week of the month in terms of deadlines.
Apologies were extended and accepted. Thoughts and thanks were exchanged.

I know that there are others who won't let this go so easily. There are those who would continue creating new issues in relation to what had happened. There are those who would try to capitalize on the buzz that was created. As for me, this is my last post on the matter. With that I would like to lay this issue to rest. I have no more beef against Mega Magazine or Events 100, and I am moving on with lessons learned. I suggest others do too.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Krispy Kreme contest entries for May 17-21, 2010!

Good news dear readers! Chloe Krispy Kreme emailed me the first batch of entries last Monday for Krispy Kreme's Mother's Day Contest.

Mango Kreme Cake by Krispy KremeI've uploaded them today so you can ask family and friends to start posting comments to vote for your photo. Please refer to the number codes below for the contestant names and photo captions.

Krispy Kreme contest entries#1 Adorissa Jurao - "Singing in a Videoke is one of my magical moments with my mom. It releases stress and turns my frown upside down..."

#2 Catherine Conese Dela Cruz - "It's rare that we get together as a family since my mom lives in the province. So when we went out for an outing last April at Jed's Island Resort, I asked my husband to take a picture of me, my daughter Kat, and my mom Normie. We all looked goofy, but the moment was just magical."

#3 Camille Santos - "This moment is magical for me because considering our ages, we still get to enjoy and fool around with each other."

#4 Ferlie Sumagaysay-Jao - "My mom is everything to me. Now that I am a mom too, she is my idol."

Krispy Kreme contest entries#5 Deonalaine Figura - "This is our magical moment: having a mother and daughter bonding session in Malaysia. It was both our first time to travel overseas and the trip was an advanced Mother's Day treat."

#6 Llora Mariano - "This photo was taken at Legend Villas where we spent Holy Week with the entire family. It was very memorable because the kakulitan is always there."

#7 Maureen Miravite - "My daughter just turned 2 years old during the time this picture was taken. This is magical for me because it was when I found out that she loves the beach as much as I do!"

Krispy Kreme contest entries#8 Genalyn Timbang - "This is a magical moment for me because it was taken during my first day at work and I had to leave my baby with my mom."

#9 Nisi Aguilar - "I had a magical moment with my mom last month when we went to Subic. It was a great bonding moment for us because it was our first time to ride and sail a yacht. We saw the sunset while we were cruising."

#10 Jin Topacio - "This picture is magical and wonderful for me because it show how much we love each other. It also reminds me to thank God for giving me a mom like her."

#11 Rengie Ann Bahia - "This moment is magical for a number of reasons. I won a contest where I got to treat my mom out. She came home for a vacation after working in Dubai for 3 years, and this was our last dinner together during her stay."

Thank you to the early birds submitted these entries! Do invite your family members and friends to comment on your photos, as the photo with the most number of comments will win! In the meantime, it's not yet too late to send in those magical moments with mom. Check the complete contest mechanics HERE.

Each comment will count as a vote, but I will count only one vote per entry per unique IP address to prevent spamming. So say you are a voter, you can vote for multiple entries at a rate of once per entry.

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